Germany supports education, sport during Covid-19

By Confidente Reporter

GERMANY continues to support Namibia during the Covid-19 pandemic through small-scale support for educational and sports organisations.

The embassy has provided tools for e-learning such as laptops, as well as hand sanitisers and thermometers.

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The institutions which have received support include the evangelical kindergartens in Swakopmund and Windhoek, the PASCH Schools, Delta Secondary School, Namib High School, Privatschule Swakopmund, Martin-Luther High School, Otjiwarongo Secondary School, Windhoek High School and Etosha Secondary School), the Privatschule Grootfontein, The University Centre for Studies in Namibia (TUCSIN) and the Basketball Artist School.

Enhancing capacities for e-learning in schools

Following the closure of educational and training institutions, e-learning platforms have become critical in ensuring the continuing education of students of all ages.

For this reason, the German Embassy donated notebooks to the kindergartens of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia in Swakopmund and Windhoek, which were used to connect the teachers with the children during the school and kindergarten closures.

The German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut Windhoek also provided relief to the schools in the PASCH-network, in the form of notebooks, hand-sanitisers, masks and thermometers.

The PASCH-network (Schools: Partners for the Future) is a German initiative connecting more than 2000 schools in 120 countries in order to strengthen their interests in the German language and culture.

Currently, there are nine PASCH-Schools in Namibia: DHPS, Delta Secondary School, Namib High School, Martin-Luther High School, Windhoek High School, Otjiwarongo Secondary School, Privatschule Swakopmund, Concordia College Windhoek and Etosha Secondary School in Tsumeb.

In addition, the German Embassy provided some relief in the form of thermometers and sanitisers to The University Centre for Studies in Namibia (TUCSIN).

Support for BAS

Late last year, Ellen Gölz, responsible for affairs at the German Embassy, handed over trampolines, sanitisers, blankets and thermometers to the Basketball Artist School (BAS) in Katutura.

For 10 years the BAS has provided academic tutoring, life skills and basketball activities for children and youth from marginalised communities in Windhoek under the motto, ‘Education first – Basketball second’.

“Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the youths have been staying at BAS 24/7, where they are able to stay safe and engaged,” said Gölz